Have I mentioned that I’m only taking one class this semester. I’m done with my degree but I’m not about to forfeit this financial aid. But I’ve got a whole lot of free time on my hands as of late and that’s kind of new to me.
All my life, I’ve been in school. Nine hours a day plus homework. Five days a week. In high school, I was on the debate team so most of my weekends were booked. And those tournaments lasted all day.
Then on top of a full schedule in college, I manage to juggle a job (and last year, I added a blog to that list).
Long story short: A bitch finally got some breathing room. And now I have more time to blog!
So today I’m bringing back something I started last year: Give ’em Their Roses where I take a look at an exceptional individual who’s still living and breathing on this green earth but never really gets the credit for the work they’ve been putting in whether they be actors, artists, entertainers, etc. The culture owes a lot to these folks. I’m just here to remind y’all.
The first batter up in this new year is
In my new found freedom, I decided to re-watch Breaking Bad. I feel like the show’s following is still kind of occult. Not a lot of people watch it (that I’ve come in contact with) so I can only gush about it on here. Anyway the show is dope. Gus, the villain of the story, is as terrifying as he is compelling – a formidable antagonist to the great Heisenberg.
The earliest thing I can remember him in is a couple Spike Lee joints.
Who can forget Buggin Out from Do the Right Thing or the oh-so-fly, Dean, Big Brother Almigh-TEE from School Daze as well as Left Hand Lacy in Mo’ Better Blues.
He’s got a streak on the indie scene too. One of my favorites being Fresh. It came out in the 90s and it’s a dope character study of this little kid nicknamed Fresh, in the hoods of Philly.
What I like most about him is his voice acting. He’s got one of those voices that just stick with you like Morgan Freeman or Sam Jackson. You might remember his voice as the narrator of the first season of Netflix’s Dear White People.
And he played Mylene’s father in The Get Down, but niggas always had something to say about that show. I thought it was cute.
The man’s been in the game for a long ass time. And he acts the fuck out of every performance. And he’s still out here doing the damn thing.
Giancarlo Esposito, you’re a true thespian for the culture.